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Mitchell Shire Council backs quarry contract


New contracts have been handed out in the quarrying industry with a big boost to those businesses in Romsey, Shepparton and Kilmore.

The quarrying sector got a boost after Mitchell Shire Council awarded a new contract for its quarry to supply and deliver materials to help its road network.

Newnham Earthmoving, M and M Ryan Earthmovers, and Norville Quarries were named as successful contractors.

The three businesses will share in the contract which is worth $900,000 for a three-year period from July 1 2023 until June 30 2026.

The contract also contains an option to extend the deal beyond the initial time period subject to the requirements of the council and the contractors’ performance.

The three companies, who were the only three to apply during the tender process, hail from Romsey, Kilmore and Shepparton respectively.

“This contract gives us a degree of flexibility, the maintenance of roads is a visible and important part of what we do,” Cr Rob Eldridge said in the meeting.

“The flexibility this gives for us to provide timely maintenance is imperative.”

The contract was awarded after a unanimous vote.

“This is a contract … for the supply of materials that we need to maintain our roads and footpaths throughout the shire,” Cr David Lowe told the North Central Review.

“We’ve got 1400 kilometres of roads and 10 kilometres of footpaths, and from time to time we need different quarry materials to maintain those facilities.

“The contract is split three ways, which provides for the suitable provision of different quarry materials and in different regions throughout the shire.”

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